Matera and Gravina with underground city
Our guide and the driver wait you at 9.00 am at the meeting point: Petruzzelli Theater
Arrival in Matera at 10.00 and visit of this rupestrian city is an unforgivable and unique place on the Murgia hills. Its old town carved in a deep ravine, is the first UNESCO site of the southern Italy, where people lived in houses- cave from the Prehistoric Age to 1952, in two amazing districts called Sassi where we can walking through lanes and paths of centuries of history very well preserved. We will visit rupestrian churches with Bizantin frescos, a cave-houses and also the medieval cathedral and the nobles district in this ancient city called the “Italian Bethlehem”, where a lot of movies have been shot including “The Passion” directed by Mel Gibson.
At 12.00, after 2 hours of walking tour, we will have free time for shopping and free lunch, there are a lot of typical restaurant in the old town.
At 1.00 pm we will leave Matera to reach Gravina in Puglia after 30 minutes.
The ancient district of this city with its maze of alleys and medieval houses reaches the edge of a deep ravine that give the name to the town, already settled in the bronze age, was a very important station on the Appian way in Roman time. Its long stone bridge that cross the ravine was built in that period and was also an aqueduct, now is a perfect set of a lot of movies, like the last of 007- James Bond “No time to die” with Daniel Craig. Amazing its underground caves and churches, situated in the heart of the ravine, with ancient frescos and the remains of the victims of a saracen massacre.
At 3.00 pm we will leave Altamura to reach Bari at 4.00 pm.
Matera and Gravina with underground city. Cod. MAT01